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Estonia has signed a framework agreement with Eurospike, the joint venture between Diehl Defence, Rheinmetall Defence and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, for the supply of Spike LR anti-tank guided missile systems. The contract has a value of €40M and covers the supply of Integrated Control Launch Units (ICLUs) and missiles with warheads.

The Bundeswehr has launched Spike LR with ICLU under the name Multi-Roller Light Missile System (MELLS). With its shaped charge, MELLS can engage armoured vehicles at distances of up to four km. Data transmission via optical fibre and electro-optical sensors (with infrared detector) enable the operating modes Fire-and-Forget and Fire-and-Observe.

Estonia is the 32nd user nation of the spike system and the 19th in EU and NATO. Transnational commonality enables nations to jointly procure Spike missiles.

Gerhard Heiming